APRIL _ Martyna Szczesna: Without a home everything was fragmentation
In his book “And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos” John Berger talks of the mobilization of modern society. The prominence of the nomadic lifestyle, as practiced by scores of immigrants moving across physical and political boundaries, signifies an act of dislocation that rends modern nomads from the axis of the traditional home. It necessitates the reassembly of this axis from bits and pieces of tradition, memory and mementos. “Without a home everything was fragmentation.” is an exercise in visualizing this fragmentation through engagement with the Pilsen community and the artist’s personal experiences as a Polish immigrant.
Two collage posters will sample the collective elsewhere pictured in the pages of publications such as National Geographic as well as the artist’s own surroundings, documented in personal photographs. Each collection of natural and man-made textures, their forms a chance operation of found shapes, cuttings and daily detritus, will function as the basis for the assembly of new generations of “broken landscapes.” Visitors of Storefront Studio will be invited to participate in this.